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Madagascar – Endemic Wildlife Photo Tour II 2019

Madagascar – Endemic Wildlife Photo Tour II 2019

US$5,795 per person sharing

1 SPACE AVAILABLE

5 Dec 2019 – 15 Dec 2019

Madagascar is often referred to as the “Eighth Continent” and its exceptional fauna and flora have evolved over millions of years of isolation. This legendary uniqueness is nowhere reflected better than in its birds, and the island hosts no less than five endemic bird families (the Ground Rollers, Cuckoo Roller, Mesites, Malagasy Warblers and Vangas)! But the wonder of Madagascar extends well beyond its avifauna and seeing and photographing the amazing lemurs will also be a major focus of this tour. However, we do not neglect the colourful chameleons and fascinating flora of this appropriately named “laboratory of evolution”. Virtually every plant and animal on the island is endemic, but sadly, most are threatened by continued habitat destruction, thus making Madagascar one of those “must-visit-soon” destinations.

Why this Photo Tour is for You

Destination Allure

Welcome to a land of bizarre endemic fauna and flora found nowhere else in the world! Known the Laboratory of Evolution, there is no end to the amount of ``weird and wonderful`` creatures found here.

Month of Travel

Our Photo Tour takes place in early summer before the summer rains arrive and during this period most lemurs have given birth to their adorable offspring!

Number of Species

Madagascar is teeming with various and healthy populations of wildlife species, including various lemurs such as the noisy Indri, Ring Tailed Lemur, Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur and Verreaux’s “Dancing” Sifaka. Numerous colourful amphibians, reptiles and bird species are also waiting to be uncovered!

Small Group Departures

Travel to this exotic location with like-minded individuals and share your photographic bucket list together.

Guided Experience

Local knowledge of the region and its wildlife is key to crafting the ultimate photography tour experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of your ORYX Photo Tour Leader, and you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

Kirsten Frost

ORYX LEADER
Kirsten Frost

11 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Antananarivo
  • per person sharing
    US$5,795
  • Single Supplement
    US$825
  • Photographic Highlights
    Tree dwelling Indri; Diurnal Black-and-white Ruffed and Red-bellied lemurs and Diademed Sifaka; Giraffe-necked weevil; Spectacular birds including Pitta-like Ground Roller; “Dancing” Verreax’s Sifaka; Up-close Ring-tailed Lemur; Huge colonies of the Madagascan Flying Fox; Giant, Crested and Green-capped couas
  • Guide
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Day 1: Fly from Antananarivo to Fort Dauphin

Today we take a short flight to Fort Dauphin (also known as Toliagnaro), in the south-eastern corner of the country. We will overnight in the windy coastal town and photograph various fishermen in the afternoon or simply relax in our comfortable hotel.
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Day 2: Fort Dauphin to Berenty Lemur Reserve

Our Madagascar photo tour commences after an early breakfast when we depart to the world-famous private lemur reserve of Berenty. Its deciduous woodland is home to five species of these primitive primates and they are known to enjoy their time posing for the camera!
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Days 3 & 4: Berenty Lemur Reserve

Berenty truly offers a lot to wildlife photographers, and we will be kept well busy during our stay here!
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Day 5: Berenty to Fort Dauphin, flight to Antananarivo

Today we will depart Berenty for Fort Dauphin in time for our flights back to Antananarivo. Here we will overnight before continuing our Madagascar photo tour to Perinet the next morning.
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Day 6: Drive Antananarivo to Perinet

Our Madagascar photo tour departs early for the drive eastwards across the Highland Plateau, before heading down the escarpment to the famous Andasibe area, home to the famous rainforest areas namely “Perinet” Reserve and Mantadia National Park.
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Day 7 – 9: Perinet

Whilst in the Perinet area, we will make a special effort to see and photograph the reserve’s most famous resident: the huge, singing lemurs known as the Indri. Mantadia National Park lies a short distance from Perinet protecting a large expanse of primary forest at a somewhat higher altitude. The tract of rainforest here is beautiful, with many emergent trees and a rich assemblage of birds, mammals and herps.
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Day 10: Perinet to Antananarivo

This morning on our Madagascar photo tour, we may visit an area that is dedicated to the conservation of lemurs, allowing us to enjoy and photograph these wonderful mammals at close quarters. Thereafter we will make our way back to the capital city in the highlands of Madagascar.
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Day 11: Depart Antananarivo

Today is the last day of this incredible adventure, and after breakfast our tour concludes. Depending on our departure flights home, we may visit a local market or do some street photography.
MadagascarRobyn Gianni, United States of America

As a working journalist, I travel for a living and Madagascar is one of the most logistically challenging places to travel to. It is a world unto itself, in every sense of the word. When given a recent book project on Madagascar and in need of some photographic work there was only one person I knew who could help me. Marius Coetzee has been a guide for over 11 years, and there is no one I could feel safer with in a country as challenging as Madagascar.

Marius is patient; he is kind, and above all inspiring!! If you are going to Madagascar, he is the guy. If you are going any place else, he is probably the guy too!

MadagascarHomin Lim, United States of America

We had a GREAT time with Dale. Everything was as expected as we have learned to expect the unexpected. We would go with Dale and your company without any hesitation. We have NOTHING to complain about. Olive learned a lot of things from Dale. How not when you get such a crazy guide.

MadagascarAlan and Michelle Hinde, Sydney, Australia

“We have recently returned from our trip to Madagascar with ORYX, led by Marius Coetzee.  We had long wanted to see and photograph the dancing Lemurs.  Marius was an excellent leader of our small group of photographers and made sure everything went like clockwork.  Having the transport and accommodation arrangements handled so professionally made the trip worry free.  Marius’s knowledge of the best  photographic locations meant we were able to get some terrific Lemur and Indri shots.  Marius was more than willing to provide photographic guidance and made the trip to this unique place a special experience.”

MadagascarElise Hardy, United States of America

This trip completely exceeded my expectations and was exactly what I was looking for for Madagascar (wildlife all day every day). You were all extremely responsive, professional, and courteous.

Accommodations were all nice and the food was always good. Internal flight delays were handled so smoothly by you that they didn’t have an impact on the trip overall.

All of the local guides were great, especially Nono.

Dale was definitely the best photographer-guide I’ve ever travelled with. His photos were gorgeous and he was incredibly generous, patient, and enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge. He kept us entertained all day with new photographic opportunities, and involved us in experiments with new techniques, usually with amazing results. As a guide he had excellent natural leadership ability, and as a person he was warm, friendly, interesting, genuinely nice, and fun to be with.

Everything we did was so much fun, and I will always have wonderful memories of this trip. Would definitely travel with you again.

Thanks so much!!

MadagascarGreg Cowle, United States of America

Thanks, the trip was excellent. Got some great photos, and also learned a lot from Dale on techniques very useful in Madagascar, macro and night photography. Discussing with other guests, I think we all expected to be put in good photography locations to see what we could do, but the effort Dale put in teaching us all new techniques was beyond expectations.

MadagascarDon Gutoski, United States of America

Without your team and the local help it would have been impossible to travel in the country. The help was exceptional in dealing with the changes and I never worried we wouldn’t get to where we wanted to go. Dale works very hard to ensure everyone has the best possible angles for shooting and helped me with flash settings and tips at the start. Shooting in Madagascar is different than other destinations I have been to and the assistance in getting started was appreciated.I appreciated the fact that Dale, while taking shots got us in position first before “firing”. That doesn’t always happen with guides, especially when there is a special moment. Thanks again for an introduction to the wildlife of a very unique and challenging country. I’m sure most first time travelers to Madagascar don’t have such a rewarding photo experience!

MadagascarDoug Morris, Canada

The trip was one of the best photo trips I have had in recent years. Although the landscape was challenging as well as the ability to get clear shots of the animals in the rainforest, your representatives in the field made the trip. The organization you hired in Madagascar were first rate. The ability to meet the challenges of Air Madagascar as well as the other bumps on the road were outstanding. Do not lose this group. Dale Morris is a real pro. Not only did he organize the photoshoots to optimize our ability to get the right shots, but his expertise in the field as it related to the more technical aspects of photography (flash, exposure comp, lens selection etc.) made the trip. Do not lose him. I would have no trouble recommending your organization to my camera friends in Toronto, and I look forward to dealing with your organization in the future.

MadagascarTorstein Bergem, Norway

I am back home after an inspiring tour with ORYX once again. As before the practical arrangements were flawless, and the guiding superb.
First time I travelled with Dale, but it came as no surprise that he is first class.
Thanks to ORYX and to Dale for a great experience!

MadagascarChuck and Nancy Bell, United States of America

It was an excellent trip. We are thrilled with the images we are now in the midst of sorting. We got all of our targets and have some wonderful photos. It’s a tough place, but ORYX and especially Dale and local guide Nono handled everything with aplomb.

MadagascarTerry Jackson, United States of America

I have been on many tours around the world and yours was the best!

MadagascarJason Heirtzler, United States of America

Very wonderful trip and enjoyed all parts of it!

MadagascarKah Yin Loke, Singapore

Kirsten, whom I understand has just joined Oryx, is so very creative and has such undeniable natural talent – he has a wonderful eye for photographing wildlife and people from different and unusual angles. I was constantly amazed at the photographs which he took! Although I was relatively new to photography, he was wonderfully patient with me regarding the technical details with the use of the camera and his explanations were simple and easy to understand. He is so humble even though he is so knowledgeable, and has a quiet, sweet and unobtrusive manner, mingling so well with the local Malagasi people and children. By putting them at ease, he was able to take very candid photographs which would often relate a story. He is also a very observant and caring individual – we shared many light hearted moments throughout the tour. It was so easy for me to open up to him with the many questions I had on photography and despite all this, he was always polite and patient. Time and time again throughout the tour, whenever I had trouble with my camera in optimising the settings, he would instinctively come up to me to help me, without even waiting for me to ask for assistance. I am so grateful for his kindness and generosity in sharing his expertise with me, including taking time off during the down time period after lunch in the sweltering heat of mid-day to go through the basics of processing images. At such a tender age, Kirsten has so much potential as a photographic guide – I am really excited to see what the future holds for him. At the end of the tour when I reached Johannesburg airport, I took quite a while to come out of customs as they threatened to detain me at the clinic, having just come from Madagascar which was experiencing an outbreak of plague. When I eventually emerged from the customs counters, I realised that both Dale and Kirsten had kindly collected my luggage and were patiently waiting for me at the luggage belt. I was ever so thankful for their kindness. I have not seen this level of professionalism before with any other tour group and they have my highest respect. They have been so very inspirational.

MadagascarKah Yin Loke, Singapore

I just wanted to thank Oryx for organising the Madagascar tour for 2017 which was led by Dale Morris and Kirsten Frost. Both were exceptional and exemplary guides who really demonstrated a passion for teaching photography and for being totally committed to ensuring the best possible experience for all the tour participants. It was my first tour with Oryx and certainly my best tour ever. I was so very impressed with the high level of professionalism and integrity which both of them demonstrated.

Dale patiently taught me how to use my macro lens and flash and this introduction opened up a whole new and exciting world for me! I never knew that macro-photography was so interesting and it is only just the beginning! He was constantly trying to find the best angles for all the tour participants to photograph the lemurs. He taught me how to use my wide angle lens to take the lemurs from a low angle with a sunburst effect! He taught me how to get down and dirty on the ground to obtain wonderfully low angles for photographing the narrow ring tailed mongoose and the nightjar. He taught me how to pan fast moving subjects. He taught me to take note of the background when taking photos. He even set up a mini studio in the forest for photographing the colourful frogs and magnificent chameleons. Everyday brought a new learning experience!! I was so grateful for some of the images which I obtained – something I never dreamt I would ever achieve. Dale even introduced me to fine art photography and night photography of the majestic baobab trees, and suddenly, the artistic potential of photography became so exciting! Dale has my highest respect as a guide. He was able to control the pace of the tour, ensuring that all participants were well taken care of. He has the innate ability to anticipate problems and, in fact, overcame all the problems with the internal flights in Madagascar, remaining calm, unflustered and in complete control throughout. He even anticipated that the final internal departure flight might be a problem (it was eventually cancelled) and, in so doing, he averted a disaster by alerting Oryx, which then chartered a flight for our group. This speaks volumes for the entire Oryx team led by Marius, who must be a visionary leader to have hand-picked such a good team.
In summary, it really has been a singular honor and a privilege for me to have travelled with both Dale and Kirsten. I hope to do so many more times in the near future. Thank you once again for making one of my childhood dreams to visit Madagascar come true. I praise God from whom all blessings flow.

MadagascarJason Heirtzler, United States of America

The trip was really excellent and ORYX has some really great guides with Dale and Kirsten. They kept an eye on all the logistics and worked nonstop to get up early and get us on location. If there’s a good photo shot to be had, they both always made sure we had plenty of opportunity to get the pictures we want and many helpful suggestions for making better shots, weather it’s an alternative angle or tweaks to the camera. Some tour guides tend to get caught up in the moment and shot a lot of pictures themselves but they never shot photos themselves unless to test the lighting or if we were all done and I appreciate this because it’s hard to resist in such a location. The local guide was also excellent and I peppered him with questions about the people, the language and the culture and learned a lot. Would I do another trip with them and Oryx? Definitely!

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